The Best Advice I Can Give to a New Hubber
New hubbers will quickly find that there is a bunch of garbage on the internet telling you what you should do to get page views and make money. I'm going to list a few things I do when writing hubs that will hopefully help the new hubber.
Choosing a topic
It is very important to choose a topic that you are passionate, and somewhat knowledgeable about. If you write about a topic that bores you, than chances are your hub will be boring.
There are many articles on the net that will tell you to write on a topic that has the most amount of searches and the least amount of results. O.K. this might be a good thing to look at, but it shouldn't be the sole reason you choose a certain topic. Is it really much difference in trying to be #1 out of 100,000 and 3,000,000? Not really!
Write about a topic that are passionate about, and knowledgeable about.
Brush up on your English
When I was in school I hated English and I am paying for it now. When you are talking to someone the tone of your voice, or the expression on your face explains more than your words. When people read your hubs they can't see any of this. They may take something you wrote in a totally different manor than how you meant it.
Brush up your basic English skills, so you can properly capture your readers attention.
Don't try to be a politician
A politician tries their best to have no opinion on any given topic so they can have the best approval rating. When I first started writing I tried to be the exact same way. I wanted as many people to like my writing as possible. That made for some very boring hubs!
Opinionated people make the best writers, don't try to avoid conflict as a matter of fact you should be looking for it. You will gather much more page views being opinionated and confrontational as possible. They will either read it because they agree, or read it because they disagree. The point is they read it!
Write on topics that you are passionate about, and you will quickly make new online friends whom you can learn from. Making online friends with people who have the same passions as you will make you even more knowledgeable and passionate.
Write for people not search engines
If you start looking for more page views, and start reading articles on the subject you will quickly find yourself overwhelmed with a bunch of search engine crap. That's exactly what it is, crap!
The goal of a search engine is to provide the best content for a given search. The search engine traces what a visitor does once on your page to determine how relevant your content is and if it should be placed in their results. All of the crap that people write about how to get ranked higher is non-sense.
Write your articles with the user in mind, don't worry about keywords, or anything else, because the search engine measures how good your content is by following the reader. If you want to see what they measure and measure results yourself, than sign up for google analytics.
Don't get to caught up in social bookmarking. Social bookmarking is basically a bunch of people who will view your articles in exchange for you viewing and bookmarking theirs.
You will quickly find yourself spending a entire day, just to get a bunch of page views from people who have no desire to read or use your content.
I personally submit most of my articles to certain social bookmarking sites, however I don't wast my time trying to trade bookmarks with people as this is pointless.
The best advice I can give to a new hubber is to write for people, and keep a simple thing simple. Don't get caught up into the technical bs about search engine rankings. You will rank high in search engines when surfers read your content and come back to it. Surfers will do so when your content is useful!
good luck to all!